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Adopting A Senior Dog

November 01, 2023

November is Adopt A Senior Pet Month! We’re always happy to share the word about animal causes, and that definitely includes pets in their golden years. Senior dogs often have a very hard time competing with puppies, and sometimes take a very long time to get adopted. That’s very sad, because they make very sweet and loving pets. A local Seminole, FL vet offers some advice on adopting a pup in his golden years.


Older dogs have some very specific charms and features that make them wonderful pets. They’re very calm, and don’t need a lot of exercise or entertainment. They are typically past the destructive chewing stages, and are content to nap at your feet or plod quietly along beside you on a walk. Fido is also likely already fixed and trained, which makes things easier on you. 


Petproofing is a must when adopting any pet. However, it’s a bit different getting ready for an older dog than it is for a puppy. Fido probably won’t be as interested in chewing, but it’s best to err on the side of caution and keep things like toxic plants and medicine out of paws’ reach. Comfort and safety are key here. Making sure your furry buddy can get good traction is very important. Set out carpet runners and area rugs. If Fido can’t hear or see well, he may benefit from having night lights and/or scent markers, such as air fresheners, to help him find his way around. If you have stairs, a fireplace, a pool, or another area that could be dangerous, use a gate or grate to block it off.


A trip to the pet store is in order. A good orthopedic bed is a must. We’d also recommend getting some soft toys, and perhaps a few puzzle toys. Fido will also need a good senior-formula food. He may benefit from supplements as well, though you’ll want to ask your vet for specific advice on his diet and care needs. 

Finding Fido

Picking the right pup can be difficult. If you find a dog that just pulls at your heartstrings, go for it! Just be sure you are ready to commit, and that you are prepared to keep up with any medical issues your canine buddy may develop. Adoption is forever! You may find it a beautiful and rewarding experience to give that one special dog a happy ending. Senior dog tail wags are truly precious!

Do you have questions about your dog’s health or care? Contact us, your local Seminole, FL pet hospital, today!

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